Hennepin Tech to Host First Responder Career Fair on March 9
Hennepin Technical College is hosting a First Responder Career Fair at its Brooklyn Park campus on March 9.
“We’re having it because there’s such a shortage in law enforcement, dispatch, fire,” says Hennepin Tech Customized Training Representative Jordan Wild.
Wild, who’s a former St. Paul police officer, says he’s never seen a shortage like this and hopes the career fair will help students get excited about working as first responders. More than 50 employers are expected ranging from local police and fire, to EMS and hospitals, as well as federal law enforcement agencies and possibly a police department from Washington state.
“Speaking with a lot of police agencies out there, it was pretty quick to get heavy feedback on saying, yes, we’ll want to come out there. We need more career fairs. We want to get face to face with some of the students, face to face with the general public, but also on the EMS side. I reached out to a lot of the ambulance providers and they were jumping on it right away saying, ‘yes, we need it,'” said Wild.
Students in Hennepin Tech’s two-year law enforcement program should benefit from the career fair but Wild says the college is also looking for people who may be willing to switch careers.